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State of New York vs. COVID-19 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo periodically updates New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The latest reports of the number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive and many other relevant data points concerning COVID-19 are available at forward.ny.gov.

N.B. §22 of the New York State's General Construction Law, in pertinent part, provides that “Whenever words of the masculine or feminine gender appear in any law, rule or regulation, unless the sense of the sentence indicates otherwise, they shall be deemed to refer to both male or female persons.” NYPPL applies this protocol to individuals referred to in a decision self-identifying as LGBTQA+.

April 12, 2011

New York State's Banking and Insurance Departments to be consolidated into a new Department of Financial Services effective October 3, 2011

New York State's Banking and Insurance Departments to be consolidated into a new Department of Financial Services effective October 3, 2011
Source: Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLPC

As part of the approval of the budget bill on March 31, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law Chapter 62 of the Laws of 2011 which consolidates the Banking Department and the Insurance Department into a new Department of Financial Services*.

BSK reports that:

“The new law consolidates the Banking and Insurance Departments to establish the Department of Financial Services, which will have a Banking Division and an Insurance Division.

"There will be a Superintendent of Financial Services appointed by the Governor, by and with the consent of the Senate, and who shall hold office at the pleasure of the Governor. The Superintendent of Financial Services is granted enforcement and regulatory authority over financial products and services. The Superintendent of Financial Services shall appoint a Deputy Superintendent who shall be the head of the Banking Division and a Deputy Superintendent who shall be the head of the Insurance Division.

"The Superintendent of Financial Services may remove at will any Deputy Superintendent, except as may be otherwise provided by the New York Civil Service Law.”

* Article V,  §2 of the State's Constitution provides that "There shall be not more than twenty civil departments in the state government, including those referred to in this constitution. The legislature may by law change the names of the departments referred to in this constitution." §3 of Article V of the Constitution provides that." Subject to the limitations contained in this constitution, the legislature may from time to time assign by law new powers and functions to departments, officers, boards, commissions or executive offices of the governor, and increase, modify or diminish their powers and functions. Nothing contained in this article shall prevent the legislature from creating temporary commissions for special purposes or executive offices of the governor and from reducing the number of departments as provided for in this article, by consolidation or otherwise."

Bond, Schoeneck & King’s report concerning this change is posted on the Internet at:
http://www.bsk.com/archives/detail.cfm?archive=publication&ID=1286
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Public Personnel Law E-books

The Discipline Book - A concise guide to disciplinary actions involving public employees in New York State set out in a 700 page e-book. For more information click on https://booklocker.com/books/5215.html

A Reasonable Disciplinary Penalty Under the Circumstances - A 442-page e-book focusing on determining an appropriate disciplinary penalty to be imposed on an employee in the public service in instances where the employee has been found guilty of misconduct or incompetence. Now available in two formats - as a large, paperback print edition and as an e-book. Click on http://booklocker.com/books/7401.html for more information.

The Layoff, Preferred List and Reinstatement Manual - A 645 page e-book reviewing the relevant laws, rules and regulations, and selected court and administrative decisions. For more information click on http://booklocker.com/books/5216.html

Disability Leave for fire, police and other public sector personnel - A 1098 page e-book focusing on disability benefits available to public officers and employees employed by New York State and its political subdivisions. For more information click on http://booklocker.com/books/3916.html